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He is the fillmmaker of The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Cameron Grimm: Sure, I am Cameron Grimm. I am the CEO/President of 5 after 5 Studios (formerly 5 After 5 Productions when we filmed “The Man Who Loved Flowers”. I am also the president of our other companies SteelBridge Entertainment and Spook House Entertainment for our Horror/Sci Fi side of house.

I have been in the business for 6 years and “The Man Who Loved Flowers” was our first film back in 2017. I am currently expanding my film making by attending Full Sail University in Digital Cinematography. I do everything from Writing and Directing to Cinematographer. I do all in house post production from editing, color grading, sound design and special effects.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Cameron Grimm: This has always been the dream. Since I was little enough to watch live action film I knew it was a love for me. In 8th grade (we won’t talk about how long ago that was lol) I had a english teacher that really pushed my creative writing. He saw something in me. When “Scream” came out in 1996 it opened up my eyes. I wanted to create and write film like it.

The filmmaker side dream came little after. I use to watch all the behind the scenes on DVDs to asborb everything. Then when I finished my first script it 2000 it was all about how do I make it. 2001 I graduated high school and the world trade center happend in New York City. I enlisted in the US Navy and my film making dream was on hold until I got out in 2006.

SKSM: When did you make The man who loved flowers? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Cameron Grimm: So, “The Man Who Loved Flowers’ was filmed in 2017. It was filmed over two weekends in September. Plus an added weekend for B Roll. The production was amazing. We had a great cast and crew that all came to me when they heard I was making it. It didn’t cost a whole lot maybe 500 dollars between some props and food and drink. A lot of companies in Greenfield, IN donated or helped. We got flowers from the flower shop donated. The pizza place offered to feed our cast. The businesses let us film inside what we needed.

We had people sitting on the 3rd story window sills of downtown buildings. There were people that booked patio seats to eat dinner and watch us film. We felt like the biggest thing happening in a long time there.

Now it only took a few weekends to film but what felt like a lifetime to edit it. Why? Because we had to redo it 4 times. Something I learned in film with this. It was a great story but edited in the order of events in the story. It didn’t make sense on film. We redid it 3 times to figure out on the 4th we needed to reshape the timeline of events and edit it in a way to retell the story. I think that is what threw me off on other versions of this story filmed. It doesn’t work in its natural form no matter how good it was written. We changed that. We filmed in September 2017 and finished edit in May of 2018.

SKSM: How come you picked The man who loved flowers to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Cameron Grimm: Honestly it wasn’t my first choice. My first choice was “Graduation Afternoon” I loved that story for the normal day that turned into catastophy in NYC. Yet, I didn’t have the special effect knowledge for the destruction of NYC.

2nd choice was “Uncle Otto’s Truck”. I loved that story and setting but we didn’t have access to a truck that I felt was perfect for the story.

“The Man Who Loved Flowers” was number three. I guess they said third time is a charm. I loved the simplicity of the setting but we had to modernize it because it was set in the 70s. I loved the Doctor Jeckyll Mr Hyde character. He is happy and in love and they he is terrifying in the end. A back in forth inside the character.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Cameron Grimm: I have a good friend who is a avid King fan. He has a full bookshelf of just King books all signed. So in different editions. He told me about the rights to his story. I emailed him my love for his work, the story and how we wanted to film it. That we were a company built on volunteers who film for the love and the dream. Week later we had our contract in hand.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Cameron Grimm: Yeah, So we had to find some sidewalk with appeal. Was for the little girl jump roping and for the journey of the young man. We were in front of these houses. I was affraid the owner would come out and yell at us for being near their property.

So the owner comes out and talks to my Executive Producer. He then stands and watches for a bit. I went up to my Executive Producer and was like “Is he mad?

“Nope, he knew what we were doing. He is so excited we chose his house to be in the movie.” Sigh relieved.

There was one other. In the story they play stick ball. They don’t do that here anymore. So we changed it to baseball and used city baseball fields at the park. When my cinematographer and sound arrived they were floored. They thought I would have like 5 kids playing baseball.

No we two full bleachers of extras for fans. We had 2 full teams on the field. We had extra kids warming up outside the diamond and in other diamonds. They couldnt believed we pulled that many people.

Funny thing is we pulled that off mostly in one day, getting that many there.

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

Cameron Grimm: It’s hard. I understand that things need protected. Yet, if it was good enough for King or his team. Then I don’t see why couldn’t be allowed in some function. No matter how hard it is. The experience, the lessons learned, and the jump start are all well worth it. It jumped started my career. I just left my day job to run my film companies full time now.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Cameron Grimm: We showed it at one festival a small one in Indianapolis to some good feedback.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Cameron Grimm: We only shown it at the one festival in Indianapolis years ago. Now that its 3 to 4 years old. It’s hard to get in anything now.

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

Cameron Grimm: I am of some of his work. My first book of his as a kid was Nightmares and Dreamscapes. My favorite ones of his. I love Rose Red, The Shining (both versions), Under the Dome.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

Cameron Grimm: I hadn’t had any contact with him. That would be awesome though. I really wish I could get his feedback on ours. Just because we had to change the order up to tell the story the best we could. Since it was different, I would love to know if hated it or liked it.

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Cameron Grimm: Children of the corn, defintely. There is many reasons. One it’s older and the special effects wasn’t out back then that could be today. Two, I think I have a style that could really tell that story well. Three, there is so much corn here in Indiana. And finally my wife said “No one can make that film good” Challange Accepted lol

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Cameron Grimm: Oh geez a lot. Especially since we own 3 companies in film now.

We are finishing up post production on our first full feature “I Only Want You” It is a christian film but its very dark and tragic.

We have one more weekend of filming our 30 minute short “The Doorman”. A horror suspense which features Lynn Lowry from the 1970s “The Crazies

Then we are in development of a Christmas Film we want on Hallmark. That we were asked if we would be interested in doing a Christmas film. I said Why not lol.

I am also in development of Alien takeover film, a few shorts. We also have been talking to an author that moved her from NYC about developing some books of his. We’re still in discussions on.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Cameron Grimm: I spoke earlier about how I went in the Navy. Well I am an 80% disabled veteran and diabetic. Film sometimes is hard for me to move. If I do to much I might tighten up for the next day of film. My love of film doesn’t stop me. I keep moving and fighting through no matter the pain and problems.

Couple weeks ago we did the 48 Hour Film Project. I messed the nerve up in my leg. It was asleep for 12 hours and yet I still hobbled and got what was needed for the film. We made a great film for all the issues.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Cameron Grimm: I love what I do. Passion can drive so many things. Things you never knew would be possible. I thought the King film would be the only thing I would do  when I filmed it. Now its all I do is film and spend time with my family. My wife and 4 kids. I find the balance between both.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

Cameron Grimm: Well, film is hard to reach people. Why we appreciate formats like yours. With rebranding we lost our old pages and began new. We really would love the people do subscribe to our YouTube so we can show all the new content we are soon to put out. Indie Film always needs support from so many people and places.

We’re on most social media sites if you want to find us. Without all the lovers of film out there. We wouldnt be able to do what we do. We do it for all of you.

She played in Paul Inman‘s That Feeling Dollar Baby film as Isabel.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Bonnie Ryerson: My name is Bonnie Ryerson and I am an actor/director/ theater teacher and most importantly, a Mom. I have been involved in theater my whole life one way or another. I attended The Boston Conservatory and worked as a professional actor in NY and Boston and enjoyed traveling on two national tours where I met my husband. A few years after my son, Max was born we decided to open a youth theater in Carmel, NY The Pied Piper Youth Theater. We now live in Myrtle Beach, SC, and have opened a second youth theater, The Pied Piper Youth Theater South. I have found it deeply rewarding to work with so many young people over the past 20 years.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Bonnie Ryerson: When I was 5 years old, I played Mother Nature in a girl scout production directed by my mom. I remember thinking… I wanna do THIS for the rest of my life!

SKSM: How did you become involved in That Feeling Dollar Baby film?

Bonnie Ryerson: I submitted an audition through a casting call in Backstage and was called back for the role of Isabel. I was so excited when I booked it.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Bonnie Ryerson: There is something fascinating about the idea of living parts of one’s life over and over again and never being able to get it right. Every human being has wondered what they would change if they had the opportunity to live their life over again. Only in the movies and in books do we have the chance to live out that daydream.

SKSM: You worked with Paul Inman on this film, how was that?

Bonnie Ryerson: Paul was great to work with. He’s a friendly and well organized director. He created a fun and positive working environment with his cast and crew. His adaptation of Stephen King’s short story was terrific.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Bonnie Ryerson: After being cast in the role of Isabel I noticed they were looking to cast actors to play young and middle Caroline and other roles. I immediately thought of my acting students. I was thrilled that they cast 4 Pied Piper Kids, Izzy Pike, Mattie Washburn, Jack Fitzgibbons, Madiyn Kowalkowski. I has so much fun playing the Grandma next to Izzy as my Grandchild.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Bonnie Ryerson: I still teach Izzy, Jack, Mattie and Madelyn and I also connect with many of cast and crew via social media.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Bonnie Ryerson: I’m auditioning a lot for film and commercial work. I’m also back to work at my youth theater. We recently produced an original musical called “Darkest Before the Dawn”, based on the experience of the teenagers living through the Pandemic. The Music and book is written by my husband, John Ryerson in Collaboration with the Teen cast.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Bonnie Ryerson: I think Stephen King is an amazing writer! I have read many of his books. My favorite is “Misery” as I also loved the film adaptation staring Kathy Bates and James Caan. I hope to one day play Dolores Claiborne in the Stage adaptation.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Bonnie Ryerson: I jumped back into acting after almost a 20 year layoff when the Pandemic shut down our Youth Theater. I was lucky to sign with a wonderful agency and started auditioning. Since then I booked the lead in a feature film, 3 short films and 2 pilots and a ROMCOM pod in the past year. I’m having fun being an actor again!

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Bonnie Ryerson: I hope you enjoy “That Feeling”!!

 

She played in Paul Inman‘s That Feeling Dollar Baby film as Rental Agent.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Gergana Sirakova: First, I would like to thank you for the opportunity.

My name is Gergana Sirakova. US has been my loving home for the past 18 years but I was born and raised in Bulgaria. I am a mother of a 13-year-old son who is a mini version of me, and our life is full of adventures.

I have been in healthcare for the past 17 years and I am currently an emergency room nurse. I do love and care for people very much. I am fascinated with the body and the way it works but my biggest passion has always been the human mind. I am also an artist and love music and dance. In my past I have played the piano and did ball room dancing. I am into sports as well. I played basketball and ran track. Nowadays I do a lot of outdoor activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and I travel a lot.

I am not done exploring and I hope to inspire people to live full lives, do the things that scare them and make them uncomfortable because it is the only way we grow.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?

Gergana Sirakova: I loved theater since very young age. I remember when my brother and I were little we did plays for our family. We even had homemade costumes and a stage. I liked reciting poetry and read many books. When I was in elementary school in our town theater, they had children’s play on Sundays at 10 am and I went to it every single week for a year.

I took part in all school musicals and went to our local music school.

SKSM: How did you become involved in That Feeling Dollar Baby film?

Gergana Sirakova: What happened was… It is one of those stories. A very good friend of mine tagged me into Paul’s Facebook post. He was looking for a stand-in for the lead actress and the description fit me. I sent him a message. He was very kind and responded right away and let me know that he will discuss it with the casting team. Honestly, I did not think much of it. Next thing I know there was a contract in my email. I thought to myself: “OMG, what did I just do?!”. It was scary and exciting.

Then he asked me if a knew someone that can play a car rental agent. I asked what he had in mind and coincidentally I had a picture of me in my pone that matched that description precisely.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Gergana Sirakova: I can tell you what attracted me to the story. I can relay to it. Since the movie is not out yet I am not certain that I can explain exactly how but what I can share is that there is a phrase that just hit me: “Do something, do anything!”. Hopefully when you watch it you will understand. Have you ever had that feeling that you know exactly what is happening with your life, you know you need to act…but you do not act and your world crashing, and you see it coming… and you do nothing at all to stop it and just watch it happen?

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Gergana Sirakova: It was written for me; they just did not know it at the time lol. I did have to audition. I sent them a short video with my bio as well as few pictures and I had an online interview with Paul.

SKSM: You worked with Paul Inman on this film, how was that?

Gergana Sirakova: Paul is a very kind and easy to talk to man. He always conducts himself in a very professional manor and tries to accommodate everyone’s needs. Very soft spoken and with good sense of humor. I appreciate the fact that he always answers questions, calls and message promptly.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Gergana Sirakova: We had a great time making the movie and we laughed a lot. I have to say I did have a lot of fun working on the scene with the car rental agent with Ian. He is such a kind and respectful man and the part he had to played was not him at all. It is hard to put it into words and at the same time I do not want to spoil it but think about it when you watch that part of the movie. He did do a great job.

We also ended up having to put one of the guys in a dress and wig but that is a picture you would have to see. We will talk to Paul to release some of those funny moments after the movie are out.

Oh ha-ha. One thing that was funny to me, but I never really brought it up to their attention. At one point the main character had to throw a shoe as part of a scene. To my surprise they have somehow gotten hold of my nursing shoe. All I could think about was that I do not even wear those shoes in my car, and they are holding it. lol

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Gergana Sirakova: Yes, I do talk to Paul on occasion. He had sent me some pictures and scenes. I am very very excited about seeing the movie. Everything I have seen so far is great.

I also built a great relationship with Cait Salvino. She is wonderful young woman who is a very mature, very driven, focused on her carrier, kind, polite and funny. A great actress. She does call me on occasion to catch up and I will visit her in Nashville. We do hope that all of us can get together and watch the premier of the movie when it comes out.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Gergana Sirakova: I am going to do couple of projects with some photographers in near future. I stay busy with my son because my time with him is very important to me, so I do not really have big plans for acting but I did not plan on being part of this movie either. It just happened. So… lets see what life has in store for me and what I involve myself in. Meanwhile I will play my role of a mother and a nurse.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Gergana Sirakova: I have been a fan of Stephen King since childhood. “Cujo” weas the first scary movie I ever saw, and I watched it on VCR it was that long ago. The movie is special to me because it brings memories from my childhood. Of course, I read “It” when I was little too. It was that scary book they told you not to read and along with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was one of my favorites.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Gergana Sirakova: That I was a part of a movie. I surprised myself on that one too. Life is an exciting thing. Never a dull moment. I encourage everyone to the things they never though they could. The feeling is incredible.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Gergana Sirakova: I think that everyone will be able to relay to the story in one way or another. It will keep your attention. The plot in very dynamic and thrilling. The actors did a great job. Since it was a teaching project there were lot of young people working on it such as the camera crew. I was pleasantly surprised how focused everyone was, how hard they worked and how good they are at what they do. Keep that in mind when you watch the movie. And p.s. the camera man… great young man and totally belongs in a Stephen King movie.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Gergana Sirakova: I am very grateful to Paul and the entire crew for this amazing opportunity and all their kindness. They were a true pleasure to work with. I also want to say that I have a new respect for actors and everyone in movie industry. It is long hours of work and is exhausting in many ways. I think that we should all walk in each other’s shoes on occasion. It will make us more respectful and appreciative.

He played in L.A. DubosAll That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film as Alfie Zimmer.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Dan Cardoso: Hello, so I’m Dan Cardoso I’m a half French half Portuguese actor, lately living between Paris and Lisbon. I’m also anchorman and translator for American and Spanish TV shows conventions in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Dan Cardoso: It started as a teenager around 13/14, when at middle school teachers came to me asking me to take the lead role of the play they were working on (which was huge with orchestra, 80 chorus…). I didn’t want it at all, but I let myself be convinced and I loved it very much.

SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?

Dan Cardoso: A friend of mine I work with during conventions, told me he gave my number to L.A. Dubos, cause they were looking for a male actor, age 30 – 40 who could play in English and he immediatly thought of me. Two days later, L.A.Dubos called me, we talked and two days later we met.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Dan Cardoso: About this story, I would say it’s about the struggle. What do I do with my life? Do I persue my dreams even if it means risking a lot, or should I stay in a meaningless stable simple life that doesn’t make me happy.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Dan Cardoso: Neither lol. It wasn’t written for me at all, but when we met, we bonded right away. L.A.Dubos told me that it would be a hard one to play because of the struggle and the depth the character is going. At that time, I was just coming out of a big crisis myself, struggeling (in some way) the same way the character does. I told them I knew what the character was going through, cause I had felt it. So they trusted me with the role.

SKSM: You worked with L.A. Dubos on this film, how was that?

Dan Cardoso: It was awesome! I was so surprised how such a young person could be so professional, knowing exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it. She knows how to direct but also how to listen to the actor’s propositions and accept them. We always understood each other, even when we were beyond exhaustion.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Dan Cardoso: Shooting outside in the snow, at night, by -5°C without any apropriate equipment. But none of us complained. We were freezing, our shoes were soaking wet, we couldn’t wear gloves, neither the crew or myself, but we kept laughing together, knowing we had to finish that night, cause the 1st lockdown would start the next day.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Dan Cardoso: Of course. With all of them. And I can’t wait to do new projects with them. That team is incredible (as human beings and also very talented).

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Dan Cardoso: Because of the pandemic, I had to reinvent myself, because nothing happened regarding events, theater and so on. I’m actually writing a book on a true story which should be released in February.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Dan Cardoso: I wouldn’t use the word “fan” (properly speaking), but I really do love is work, and how he managed to create incredible atmospheres.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Dan Cardoso: Hard question, you never know what can or cannot surprise people. So I would say, maybe that I speak 6 languages.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Dan Cardoso: First, thank you for interviewing me. And to the fans, thank you for taking the time to read and I hope if you have a chance to watch the movie that you’ll like it.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Dan Cardoso: I’d like to thank L.A. Dubos once again for trusting me with this role, all the crew for all the work and good times we had together, and obviously all the people who helped us through the crowdfunding that made it possible.

He played in Andrew Simpson‘s Big Wheels Dollar Baby film as Leo.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Connor Dutchak: My name is Connor Dutchak and I am an actor. I graduated from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto back in 2016, took a short break from acting to pursue other things, and have been back to acting since 2018.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Connor Dutchak: I was doing a silly little play in the sixth grade. It was about a 10th planet and aliens and I was a kid who wrote a report about it for  his school paper. Seems kind of weird, but it was the most fun I’d ever had at school really so I kept acting. But my family had a massive collection of old Disney movies in those plastic clamshell cases, so I think I always really wanted to do this.

SKSM: How did you become involved in Big Wheels Dollar Baby film?

Connor Dutchak: Andrew Bee posted the casting call on one of the Toronto Facebook groups. I saw that it was a Stephen King story and that Andrew and I had worked with a few of the same people so I applied right away.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Connor Dutchak: I think it’s how claustrophobic the story is. Our director Andrew Simpson had us watch One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as inspiration for the characters, but I also think there’s a bit of Reservoir Dogs in there because the space is very open yet restrictive at the same time. It’s as if the environment is slowly strangling you without you realizing it.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Connor Dutchak: I auditioned. I had a few days to prep for it so I got to really dig deep into the text beforehand, which mostly consisted of me muttering my lines to myself while I was doing the dishes or when I was at work.

SKSM: You worked with Andrew Simpson on this film, how was that?

Connor Dutchak: Probably the best experience I’ve had with a director. Andrew knows exactly what he wants, but he also allows you to play so you can make your own discoveries and it doesn’t feel rigid. It’s very rare that you have that level of confidence in one another, and I definitely felt that.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Connor Dutchak: There’s this episode of Spongebob Squarepants where Spongebob and Patrick Star become the crew for the Flying Dutchman, and there’s one point where Patrick is trying to navigate around a huge rock, and Spongebob keeps screaming “YOU’RE GOOD, YOU’RE GOOD…” even though Patrick is scraping up against the rock and destroying the ship.

Well, the first day of shooting consisted mostly of Mark Rival and I in the car which you see in the movie, and that involved a lot of backing the car back into place in between shots. I do a pretty good Spongebob impression, and every time Mark would back the car up, I would go “YOU’RE GOOD, YOU’RE GOOD…” and Mark would start howling with laughter every time.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Connor Dutchak: This past year has been eventful to say the least so not as much as I would have liked to, but I hope to rectify that once things start opening up more.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Connor Dutchak: I shot a WWI film called “The Ace and the Scout” in Sarnia back in September which was pretty awesome. The past while I’ve been working on a few scripts and some other art projects.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Connor Dutchak: I’m admittedly not as well-versed in his writing, but I’m probably going to dive into his stuff more once I finish re-reading the Millenium series by Stieg Larsson. That said, you can’t be into movies and not see stuff based on his work. The Green Mile and Shawshank are two of my favourites.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Connor Dutchak: I’m allergic to cockroaches. No, I’m not joking.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Connor Dutchak: Just that I hope they enjoy watching Big Wheels as much as we enjoyed making it. It was an awesome experience for all of us and I hope that comes across onscreen. Also, watch for “The Ace and The Scout.” There should be a trailer out soon.

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Connor Dutchak: On the larger topic of moviewatching in general, I urge people to go back to theatres once Covid restrictions ease up more and more. Some of the box office numbers already suggest that this will be the case, but I feel it’s important that people do, and not just for big tentpole films. There’s something really magical about the theatre experience that can’t be replicated elsewhere, and I hope that the time away from the big screen has people wanting to go back.

She is the filmmaker of All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

L.A. Dubos: My name is Lou, I’m 23 years old and I’m from France. I’m a young filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer. All that you love will be carried away is my second film.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

L.A. Dubos: I honestly can’t remember. I just know I always loved cinema in a way or another, but the fact that I could make movies myself never left my mind. I just didn’t really knew I could try and live thanks to that. I made that decision not so long ago, I think it was like… 6 years ago? I was in University, first year in foreign languages, and I didn’t liked it at all. I just wanted to do cinema. So I told my mom, and she said: do it!

SKSM: When did you make All that you love will be carried away? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

L.A. Dubos: We finished the post-production at the end of may, and I received the authorisation to do it in may 2019. So it took 2 years to make. I guess I could have done it much much faster, but because of covid, the production was delayed and really complicated. It cost a little more tan 3,000 euros. I was able to do it thanks to people supporting me, because I did a crowdfunding. I asked for 2,700 euros, they gave me 3,000. I will be forever grateful!

SKSM: How come you picked All that you love will be carried away to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

L.A. Dubos: Well, I kinda understood that Stephen King was selling the movie rights for some of his stories as an exercice for young filmmakers. So I decided to really go into it, and I took the most difficult story to adapt, for me. I love fantasy and SF, and this story of this man, alone with his own thoughts in a motel room, was a challenge. I also decided I would try to show what he’s thinking without a voice over, but also without him speaking his mind from beginning to end. I really made this complicated for me, but I learned a lot. And it was the purpose!

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

L.A. Dubos: My mom is an absolute fan of King since a young age. So I was also into it very early. She obviously knew this information and told me. That’s how I knew!

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

L.A. Dubos: For the toilets scene, we shot in a private location so we could be alone and have time to shoot our scene. But the toilets were sooo clean! So we had to do all the graffitis and write on the wall ourselves. It was really fun, all the team were in those toilets together laughing and writting on the walls. We cleaned after of course!

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

L.A. Dubos: They will be able to see the film in the future! I will share it with a private link or something. But to be public on the internet, I have to ask permission. And I will! I hope they will accept it.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

L.A. Dubos: People loved the ratio of the film! I’m really happy about that, because that’s something I love about it too. Dan, the actor, is also wonderful. That’s a good review that I hear a lot. Also the atmosphere. I’m so glad about that. I had some bad reviews too, like if you don’t know or read the story before, some stuff are difficult to catch or understand, but apparently, it doesn’t affect their appreciation of the film. This movie is only my second movie, I’m happy people are being honest so that I can learn from my mistakes and be a better filmmaker.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

L.A. Dubos: I will screen the movie at every festival that are willing to accept and appreciate it!

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?

L.A. Dubos: Yes I am! The first book I have read was Cujo. But I think the one I love the most is The Long Walk. I would love to adapt it! It’s such a great story. But I think it’s already planned to be adapted? I can’t wait. And my favorite adaptation is so basic. I honestly think it’s Shining (sorry!). Let’s be honest: it’s a great movie! I also loved Christine.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

L.A. Dubos: No, I didn’t have personal contact with him, only with his team. I have to send him a DVD of the movie, so I guess he will see it! But I don’t know if he will tell me his opinion. I hope so! It would be super interesting and instructive.

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

L.A. Dubos: As I said I would really love to shoot The Long Walk. I don’t think I will be doing another one, but we never know! Life is full of surprises. I stay open to all opportunities.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

L.A. Dubos: I’m currently working on a horror/fantastic short-film base don greek mythology. I arranged and adapt a story about Dionysus. I hope it will be produced! I plan on screening it in festivals.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

L.A. Dubos: I don’t know. Maybe that I never studied cinema? I didn’t. I learned everything by myself, with my friends by doing movies on our own.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

L.A. Dubos: Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me. I hope you will like this movie, we all worked hard on it. I know it’s not exactly like the book, but it was imposible. I did my best to tell this story in a cinematic way. Overall, I did it for you: so take it as you like. I hope you will have a good time watching it, and that you will enjoy my vision of Alfie Zimmer.

SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?

L.A. Dubos: I would like to thank my team. 2 years on a short film, it’s a lot. But they never let me down, and always supported me and gave their best. Clément F, Clément P, Alexandre, Marcio, Edouard, Jia, Orsa, Romane, and of course, Dan, thank you so much! And my parents. They have been incredible and helped me so much. Thank you! And thank you to everyone who watched the movie. Also, thank you for the interview!

Just: thank you.

 

He played in Andrew Simpson‘s Big Wheels Dollar Baby film as Rocky.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Mark Rival: Hey Oscar, a pleasure to meet you. My name is Mark Rival. I am an actor/producer/facilitator for indie films here in Toronto Canada. I’ve been acting for close to 20 years and am absolutely in love with the process. I have a passion for the film industry and truly enjoy making connections with people, I have recently started to produce indie projects under Rival Productions, in order to help promote their work both here in Canada and internationally.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Mark Rival: TBH I’ve always had a fascination for acting. Influences from Films and televisión help to nurture and inspire creativity, especially when you’re a kid. We’ve all played roles as  children in the playground. Now I still get to play roles as an adult and I am having a blast!

SKSM: How did you become involved in Big Wheels Dollar Baby film?

Mark Rival: I was asked to audition by a friend of mine, producer Yair Karlberger.  One of the most profesional producer/writers that I have the pleasure of knowing. We previously worked on a feature film together that is now in post production. So I then auditioned for the role of Rocky.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Mark Rival: Stephen King has the ability to mezmerize his audiences through his detailed and rich colourful characters and their environments. His intelligent “slow burn” writing style keeps his readers intrigued and on the edge of their seats.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Mark Rival: I had to audition for the role of Rocky.

SKSM: You worked with Andrew Simpson on this film, how was that?

Mark Rival: That was an absolute blessing! Andrew’s profesional demeanor and friendly approach to all the actors and crew is truly inspiring. The respect that he gets form them in return translates to the positive mood and flow on set. His crew is hands down is the tightest and most organized that I’ve seen. He is an actors director, challenging us yet supporting our ideas and thoughts on set. I’d love to work with him again, anyone would.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Mark Rival: Well, I got to drive a 71 Cutlass for a few days, hat was fun! The car was perfect for what we were looking for. A good friend of mine Brian Todish of Sunset Speedway said that we could absolutely use it for the shooting of Big Wheels.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Mark Rival: I am still in contact with mostly everyone from the film. That’s how much fun it was, Producer/ Actor/writer Andrew Bee plays “Bob” in Big Wheels. He is one of the most profesional actors that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His approach to all aspects of his character is something to see.  He’s wonderful to have on set in front and behind the camera. Producer/writer Yair Karlberger and I are now discussing other projects for shooting this summer. Hopefully we will all work together on future projects!

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Mark Rival: I’m presently acting in a T.V series where I play a Russian Billionaire that invites wealthy guests to his mansión to play a sinsiter game. Keep an eye out for “Enigma”. I am also playing a “Liam Neeson’ type carácter and the lead role in an action thriller that is presently filming here in Toronto.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Mark Rival: I’m a huge fan of King and have read most of his work and especially his short stories!  Writer of “Big WheelsDevin Garabedian has done a masterful job at his adaptation of Stephen King’s short story by recreating the colourful characters and their surroundings.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Mark Rival: My Nick name is “Hollywood” given to me randomly 30 years ago by friends of mine that I played hockey with. I used to come to the hockey rink well dressed I guess for our hockey games and one of the guys just called me Hollywood.  LOL.  Ironically I’m now doing films and T.V

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Mark Rival: Thank you for taking the time to interview me on Big Wheels! This short film by Andrew Simpson is truly a wonderful glimpse back to the 70’s creepy, edge of your seat, horror thrillers that we all love! Cheers!

 

 

He is the Screenwriter of Andrew Simpson‘s Big Wheels Dollar Baby film.

SKSM: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Devin Garabedian: My name is Devin Garabedian, and Im a screenwriter from Toronto, Ontario. Though my primary focus over the past few years has been in science-fiction television work, I was persuaded into writing Big Wheels” by the projects director, Andrew Simpson, who is a close friend of mine. Weve spent the better part of the past decade waiting for an opportunity to collaborate; this film is the result!

SKSM: You wrote the script for Big Wheels Dollar Baby Film. What changes did you make respect to King’s original text? 

Devin Garabedian: I was totally unfamiliar with Stephen Kings Milkman” shorts when Andrew brought them to me as a possible project for us to collaborate on. Listening to Andrew pitch the idea sparked a lot of ideas in my head; ideas about toxic masculinity, showmanship, and the power struggles that often play out between men. I started envisioning the project as a slow-burn thriller where the power dynamics of the three characters slowly shift over the course of the story, until the ending becomes the mirror image of the beginning.

And then I read the short. And while all of those themes are absolutely present in Kings story, they werent laid out in the way that Id imagined when I heard Andrews pitch. The story as written is extremely internal — a lot of the tension and subtext plays out between the reader and the charactersinternal monologues. Thats a difficult thing to translate to the screen, no matter how effective it plays out on the page. So I stuck to my intuition and crafted a script that I hoped was faithful to the spirit of the original story, even if it played a bit fast and loose with the plot.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a screenwriter?

Devin Garabedian: When I was 16 years old, I went to pick up a DVD of Spielbergs War of the Worlds” at Best Buy (big H.G. Wells fan!), and the cashier handed me a free copy of the shooting script. Apparently, it was being bundled with the first however many copies of the DVD. Id always wanted to be a writer, and Id always loved movies, but Id never combined the two things in my brain until that moment. Thanks Josh Friedman and David Koepp!

SKSM: How do you communicate with a director to design a screenwriter strategy for a film?

Devin Garabedian: Communication and trust. Great movies can and often are made even when the creative team arent on the same page, but it certainly makes it a hell of a lot easier when they are. A script first exists inside a writers brain, and misunderstandings can happen when other members of the creative team (directors, actors, editors, etc.) step in to make the project their own. Sometimes those misunderstandings lead to happy accidents and wonderful, unforeseen evolutions of the material — and sometimes things just get lost in translation. The more comfortable and collaborative everybody is, the better the finished product.

SKSM: You worked in a Dollar Baby based on a Stephen King short story. It was your most challenging film?

Devin Garabedian: Certainly, in terms of size and scope. But if Im being honest, the entire thing from my perspective was sort of a breeze — we had an incredible crew both above and below the line (many of whom are friends and colleagues of mine), and there was a lot of trust there. Writing the script for Andrew was a joy – our notes sessions were easy and comfortable – and the shoot was a blast. Everybody brought their A-game and I dont think Ive ever had more fun on set. Working with friends can really be wonderful.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Devin Garabedian: The same thing that attracts people to most Stephen King, I imagine — that wonderful tone, those memorable characters, that thrilling atmosphere. If we managed to capture even a tenth of Kings spirit in this, Id say we exceeded expectations.

SKSM: Can you tell us about the filming steps? Funny things that happened so far (Bloopers, etc).

Devin Garabedian: We spent way more time than we probably needed to testing and shooting Mark Rival pretending to urinate on his own shoes. We were just having too much fun. No regrets.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Devin Garabedian: My latest pilot is circulating in LA as we speak, and a second one is being prepped by my agent for prospective packaging. Im also working on a feature project that were hoping to get into production sometime in the next year.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Devin Garabedian: Who isn‘t? Hes one of a kind, and an absolute inspiration to writers everywhere.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Devin Garabedian: I am hopelessly obsessed with Cold War-era, d-grade science fiction movies. My idea of self care is lying in bed with the curtains drawn, watching the cheapest, low-budget thing I can get my hands on. I love them completely, and without irony. Theyre delightful.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Something you’d like to tell our readers?

Devin Garabedian: The Dollar Baby Program is an incredible offering from Stephen King, and proves that you dont have to be wealthy, connected, or experienced to make a movie. You can do it right now with your friends and a cell phone. I hope that the breadth of talent on display on this site encourages more people to take the leap and make their own Dollar Baby!

He is the filmmaker of Big Wheels Dollar Baby film.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Andrew Simpson: Well for the past two years now I’ve been working mostly as a Film Professor at Confederation College. On top of that I’ve been back into directing for about 5 years now and it’s been a dream come true.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?

Andrew Simpson: There was an old film channel when I was very young called First Choice. Once a year or so, they would have a free preview weekend where anyone could watch. When I was 8, I found myself alone with the TV on a Saturday and came across a film called “My Life as a Dog”. It was dubbed so I didn’t realize until later it was actually a Swedish film. I watched the entire thing in awe. I won’t go into details but its effect on me was profound. As I watched the credits and saw all those names who worked to make this moment possible for me, I knew I wanted to contribute and help make those moments happen for other lost kids.

SKSM: When did you make Big Wheels? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

Andrew Simpson: Big Wheels was shot during an August weekend of 2019 over two evenings. I still find it hard to believe we were able to shoot 10 minutes worth of edited material each day but that is a testament to how good this crew was. The cost of this film really should have been much higher than it was but so many people came to support us on this difficult task from the location to the car and of course the amazing support of William F White, Urban Post and Red Lab who all really stepped up to help us.

SKSM: How come you picked Big Wheels. A Tale of the Laundry Game to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?

Andrew Simpson: All of Stephen King’s shorts on offer are fun to read but many involve monsters or grand events and that wasn’t something I wanted to take on with this opportunity to work with his material. I wanted to play with the types of stories where he drenches us with character and how they behave and react. Big Wheels offered this opportunity and also room for nuance which our Screenwriter Devin, employed brilliantly in my opinion.

SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?

Andrew Simpson: I had heard about it a few years earlier through conversation and was blown away when I looked into it but was not at a point in my understanding of this craft to justify taking on his material at the time.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Andrew Simpson: After we wrapped on Sunday morning, Mark Rival told us all it was his Mom’s birthday and asked if we could all sing to her which we all did.  It was a really nice way to finish the film.

SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?

Andrew Simpson: Well we are trying to get this film into as many festivals as we can and are hoping to hear of another dollar baby film festival at some point. If there was ever any opportunity for us to get more eyes on this film in a way that King would approve of, I would be thrilled to join in.

SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?

Andrew Simpson: The hardest part of this film’s festival circuit is that it’s mostly online so I am unable to engage with people after the screenings like with previous films. But most of the feedback I’ve been getting is positive and that is very reassuring considering the amount of pressure you undertake when dealing with the work of such a beloved writer.

SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?

Andrew Simpson: We’ve been lucky and have had a few screenings thus far and we still have at least two more to go. We played at a Drive-In a while back and that was super fun!

SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations? 

Andrew Simpson: I am a huge fan! My first novel was Eyes of the Dragon which I read in Grade 6 along with a friend of mine.  My favourite book is IT, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. My favourite adaptations would have to be Kubrick’s The Shining which I know is controversial but I love it.  Also Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot is the gold standard of made for TV horror films.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

Andrew Simpson:  I wish! Sadly no but I have sent him a copy of the film recently so here’s hoping he likes it.

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

Andrew Simpson: I have a special place in my heart for a book called The Long Walk. I read it many times in high school and have carried the dream of one day making that into a film ever since. Every time I read it, the images I see all seem to come from the 1970’s American vision of the near future. Films with the look of Westworld and the potential for violent intensity like something from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Plus the relentless images of young people walking to the point of death by exhaustion in order to achieve their dreams could be seen as difficult to shoot interestingly but I would love nothing more than to turn a seemingly redundant set of images into something endlessly dark and terrifying.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Andrew Simpson: I’m a couple weeks away from making a short with my students which I’m very excited about. We have some very sharp students and I can’t wait to work with them. I do have a feature script that I’m really hoping to get off the ground. It’s a romantic horror comedy, super odd but very charming and we have an incredible cast willing to sign on so here’s hoping it can happen.

SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Andrew Simpson: I was born during a citywide evacuation. A train carrying explosives and dangerous chemicals derailed close to where my parents lived. My mom was in labour in the hospital when the entire city of Mississauga was evacuated.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Andrew Simpson: Thank you for having me. To the fans, I hope I didn’t bore you! If you do get a chance to see the film, I would love to hear your thoughts!

He played in Dustin Ferguson‘s The Woman In The Room Dollar Baby film as Johnny.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Erik Anthony Russo: Hello there! I’m Erik Russo and I’m an actor, writer, director, cinematographer, producer and the sole reason why most of my ex girlfriends drink themselves to sleep at night.

SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Erik Anthony Russo: At the age of 41, I was a divorced, single dad, with a mediocre job that hit a glass ceiling with my extrovertive humor, energy and motivation in my home state of Rhode Island. I knew the only way to grow, learn and progress was to move out to Los Angeles.

SKSM: How did you become involved in The Woman in the Room Dollar Baby film? Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Erik Anthony Russo: I remember Dustin Ferguson announcing that he was directing an adaptation of the Stephen King short story, The Woman In The Room. I privately messaged him and was wondering how I could be involved in the project as I was very fond of King’s work myself. Surprisingly, Dustin revealed that he already planned on casting me as the lead character, Johnny, in the film and swore me to secrecy. I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity and especially thankful to working alongside Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland.

SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?

Erik Anthony Russo: I think it’s the overwhelming decision of doing something immoral for justifiable reasons. Many of us have had to choose wrong for right on several occasions in our lives. God knows I have.

SKSM: You worked with Dustin Ferguson on this film, how was that?

Erik Anthony Russo: I have worked with director Dustin Ferguson over the last few years on such hit cult horror movies including Axed to Pieces, 5G Zombies, Angry Asian Murder Hornets and Ebola Rex. It has always been a fun experience working with him on these films. Carefree moments mixed with truly campy, well-written stories. But with this Stephen King adaptation, I was able to see Dustin in a different light as he was very passionate and respectful to the source material and was a lifelong fan of King’s works.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Erik Anthony Russo: I remember going over to Sally Kirkland’s apartment at least once a week to rehearse and run lines with her. Sally is a gifted method actress and she wanted to build that connection between her and I to make it believable onscreen that we were mother and son. She instilled some of her incredible knowledge to help me go through my character’s emotions, understand his thought process and reasoning behind the deadly ending of the film.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?

Erik Anthony Russo: They’re up in my DMs every damn day…heh heh. Seriously though, I’m very much in contact with all involved. Dustin has since cast me in such films as Zombi VIII: Urban Decay and Rattlers 2 and even had me do some occasional cinematography on his projects. He likes to think of everyone that’s involved with his films as a “fun little film family” and I couldn’t agree more.

SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?

Erik Anthony Russo: A lot of writing at the moment. I’m putting together a comedy pilot that I plan on shopping around for a streaming service and most likely involving a lot of familiar faces in Dustin Ferguson’s films. I’m also working with an author from my home state of Rhode Island, bringing his first novel, The Dog Bowl,  to the screen as a feature film or potential series . Also some cinematography with a planned documentary set in Western Massachusetts shooting late summer 2021. And I can’t forget acting. I’m wrapping up director Sophiah Koikas’ vampire-themed feature film Count Vlad of Fagaras in a supporting role at the end of May 2021.

SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Erik Anthony Russo: Huge fan. His film adaptations can be hit or miss, respectively. For every Misery or Shawshank Redemption, you’re always going to have a Langoliers or Thinner…but such is life, isn’t it?

You only can appreciate the good after experiencing the…not so good.

But nobody needs to experience that 1997 TV version of The Shining ever again though.

Oof.

SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Erik Anthony Russo: The accent is real. It’s not fake.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Erik Anthony Russo: Please check out my IMDb page for my latest projects and news. And as always…thank you for all your support and giving this guy a chance. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5035040/

SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?

Erik Anthony Russo: I hate cranberry ANYTHING. Cranberry juice. Cranberry sauce. Keep it away from me in any form. It’s the garlic to my Dracula.

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